Darvish undergoes successful elbow surgery

Darvish undergoes successful elbow surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish made it through Tommy John surgery on Tuesday without any complications.

The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Andrews replaced the ligament in Darvish's right elbow with the Palmaris tendon from his right forearm. Andrews told the Rangers that the surgery went as expected with no complications.

Darvish will have his right arm in a sling for seven to 10 days, and he will then have a brace on the elbow. He will begin his rehab in the next few days and return to the Rangers' complex in Surprise. Darvish is expected to do his rehab work in Arlington during the regular season.

Darvish left his first Cactus League start on March 5 vs. Kansas City after one inning with tightness in his right triceps. An MRI and examination the following day indicated Darvish had a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Dr. Keith Meister recommended surgery, an opinion that was shared by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek, and by Andrews.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.